A wide range of local organic products were showcased at the event.
Photo: © IFOAM


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Farmers, scientists, businesses, NGOs and policy-makers met in Delhi, India, last November to discuss Organic Agriculture issues.

IFOAM – Organic International’s tri-annual Organic World Congress  was a combined festival, fair and conference. It was an event of contrasts, not least as the mega-city of Delhi was covered in its worst smog ever, exposing the 10,000 participants originating from 121 countries to inhaling the equivalent of two packages of cigarettes a day.  But more importantly, the three-day meeting offered visitors an intensive mixture of visual, intellectual, spiritual, practical and visionary impressions.

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling of India’s Federal State of Sikkim was celebrated for making his country the first ever in the world to go one-hundred-per-cent organic. Thanks to his leadership and vision, the entire country and its 65,000 farmers switched to organic agriculture in just twelve years, inspiring many others, including a woman from Sudan at the conference who now hopes to initiate an organic movement in her own country.

The BioFach Trade Fair held in parallel showcased professional companies and their ready-for-export products, such as high-quality basmati rice and delicate spices.

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